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SUNY Cortland Red Dragons
Head Coach: Brad Bruhn
Years at School as head coach: 9th
Career Record at school: 107-48
Assistant Coaches: Jason Reynolds, Paul LeBlanc, Ian Clark

2009-2010 Dual Meet Record: 16-4
2009-2010 National Qualifiers and All-Americans:
133     Aljamain Sterling     4th
197     Martino Sottile     8th
174     Mike Ciaburri         NQ
HWT     Joe Murphy         NQ

Returning Qualifiers and All-Americans:
133    Aljamain Sterling     4th in 2010
125    Dave Colagiovanni     2x NQ (125-2007, 133-2008)
HWT     Corey James        JUCO AA 7th in 2010
125    Jerad Lemke          JUCO AA 4th in 2009
174    Dan Stieger         JUCO NQ 2010
149    Andre Berry        NAIA NQ 2010

Number of retuning wrestlers who competed in 2010 National Qualifier: 4

Top returning starters:
125    RSSR-Dave Colagiovanni  13-6, 2x NQ (2007, 2008)
133    SO-Sean Kempf        22-9, 3rd @ ECWC @ 125 in 2010
141    JR-Aljamain Sterling    27-8, 2009 & 2010 Conference runner-up, 2010 AA 4th place
141    JR-Mark Arcara        19-5, 2010 Conference 3rd place
149    JR-John Cataldo        8-6
157     So-Troy Sterling    18-7
165    SO-Jon Conroy        23-10
174/184 SO-Will Parks        19-9
174/184 SO-Alex Meyers        11-10
197    JR-Carl Korpi        25-7, Ranked 6th most of year in 2009-10
197/hwt S0-Jared Myrhberg    17-14, 4th @ ECWC @ 184 in 2010

Top incoming wrestlers:
125    Mike Rose        Transfer from Springfield where he was 3rd @ their confereence
133    Brian Bistis        2x NJ state placer
133    Justin Hyde        NY state qualifier
149     Andre Berry        NAIA National Qualifier and NY HS state Placer
149    Jake Beichner        NY state qualifier
157    Adam Willman        NY state qualifier
157/65    James Ondris        4th in NY
165/74    William Maldonado    Section 11 placer
174    Dan Stieger        JUCO National Qualifier
HWT    Corey James        JUCO AA
HWT    JTrenton Jones        Section V runner-up

Lots of new faces will be in the Red Dragon line-up this season.  We will be young and hungry.  Good quality from top to bottom will help Cortland hang on to last year’s Empire championship.  New weight classes for Colagiovanni (moving down to 125) and Sterling (moving up to 141) will finally get them away from one another.  Both are seniors looking to finish with a big year and have been training hard all summer.   Carl Korpi will be back at 197 this season.  He had a great year beat some of the top guys in DIII until Sottile won the wrestle off and went on to become an All American.  He could be on the verge of a big year.  He will face very tough completion in the room form last years starting 184-pounder Jared Myrhberg.   Jared struggled with the weight last season and looks much fresher coming into this season.  Sean Kempf was 3rd in the ECWC at 125 last year and might look to move up to 133 to battle a few tough freshmen for the spot there.  We return very good back-ups returning at 157, 165, 174, 184 for last year.  They were close to starting last year and will get their chance now.  They will be challenged by some new comers as well.  149 has three good kids that will battle in Junior John Cataldo and freshman Jake Beichner and Transfer Andre Berry.  Berry was an NAIA national qualifier and Beichner was a NY state Qualifier.  It will be an exciting battle.  Two new heavyweights will anchor the lineup this season.  Transfers’ Corey James and JTrenton Jones will comtend here.  James was a NY State HS runner up and JUCO AA and has lots of college experience and Jones was a talented high school wrestler coming to us after a stint at a local JUCO as well.